Change Indeed

Tired of being plundered.



12 September 2009

Editor, The Wall Street Journal
200 Liberty Street
New York, NY 10281

To the Editor:

So the Obama administration will force Americans who buy automobile tires from China to pay a 35-percent surcharge for the privilege of doing so (“U.S. to Impose Tariff on Chinese Tires,” September 12).

No delusions should remain that the most recent presidential election has “transformed” politics into anything grander than what it has always been: a ‘spoils exchange’ where A and B shamelessly collude to rob C and exchange the plundered proceeds with D in return for D’s commitment to help A and B retain their seats on this exchange.

Donald J. Boudreaux
Professor of Economics
George Mason University
Fairfax, VA 22030Chnge


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